Most know Phillip Phillips as the winner on Season 11 of American Idol. He got his start early. As a 14 year old he was taught a couple of guitar chords by his older sister’s boyfriend (now his brother-in-law), and he was hooked. Since his “teacher” lived in another city, Phillip mostly taught himself to play, to karaoke tracks. His sister overheard him singing and suggested that he sing with her band at church. Despite being scared stiff, he pulled it off. Eventually, he joined the band and toured college towns and playing festivals for next to nothing. Phillip’s single, “Home” is burning up the charts, and he’s working on his first album while touring. He says that his album will be mostly acoustic rock. His biggest influence is Eric Clapton. Not bad for someone that just turned 21.